Position: Echocardiogram Technician
Location: Methodist Campus
Shift: Days with call
Hours per week: 40
****Sign on Bonus available!****
To provide high quality ultrasound images of the heart and great vessels for adult patients, technical assistance with exercise and non-exercise stress testing, and to handle other duties as required or assigned.
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Performs high quality two-dimensional ultrasound studies of the heart and great vessels, along with identifying EKG abnormalities and/or arrthymia.
Utilizes knowledge of age specific needs of patients in performance of everyday duties and responsibilities.
Understands complimenting imaging and/or doppler techniques, including when to use these methods to investigate specific clinical questions. Knowledge of patient positioning, breathing techniques, position and direction for positioning of the transducer to ultimately give the best visualization of the cardiac structures.
Proficient in recognizing abnormalities in structure and function, in distinguishing normal from abnormal findings, and in recognizing imaging artifacts.
Knowledge of gross and sectional anatomy.
Demonstrates use of M-Mode technique for measuring the cardiac dimensions at precise times of the cardiac cycle.
Estimates the severity of the valvular insufficiencies by mapping the dimensions, orientation, and directions of the regurgitant jet with the color flow doppler.
Assess the blood flow through the heart, including increased velocities, stenosis, regurgitations and shunts with the pulsed and continuous-wave doppler.
Uses contrast echocardiography in cases where two-dimensional and color flow are suboptimal.
Evaluates left and right ventricular systolic and diastolic functions and documents wall motion abnormalities.
Recognizes rare, common, simple and complex congenital heart malformations, acquired pathologies, possible outcomes of palliative and corrective surgical procedures.
Completes the study according to updated protocols, recognizes the needs and presents additional views, calculations and measurements when necessary.
Uses segmental approach while obtaining the images of the cardiac structures in four echocardiographic windows: parasternal, apical, subcostal and suprasternal notch regions.
Operates the ultrasound equipment, including the function of all controls affecting the quality of the data displayed. This includes knowledge of the key controls to expedite the study and produce interpretable images (TCG, focus, gains).
Selects the transducer best suited to the structures of interest for optimal resolution and adequate penetration.
Obtains, reviews, and documents pertinent patient history, physical examination and supporting clinical data to facilitate diagnostic results.
Correlates clinical history with exam to be performed and consults with the cardiologist for clarification.
Monitors, records, charges and communicates appropriately utilizing computerized documentation system.
Prepares, instructs, assists the patients, and produces the images in a timely manner for dobutamine and exercise stress echocardiograms.
Assists the cardiologist in performing transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE).
Communicates results to the cardiologist and responds to possible questions and concerns in a timely manner.
Maintains monthly correlation studies and monthly statistics.
Demonstrates the ability to troubleshoot and report equipment failure.
Participates in mobile echo/vascular service regionally.
Participates in callback rotation.
Assists in performing functional, pharmacological cardiolite, and echocardiography stress testing.
Documents procedures correctly.
Accurately assesses the patients and their physical ability to perform the tests.
Accurately interprets and clarifies physician's orders.
Provides thorough assessments of a patient in a crisis situation, then notifies the physician when necessary.
Displays proficiency in knowing lethal arrthymias.
Completes quarterly competency in stress lab, holter monitoring and event monitoring.
Uses time, supplies, and other resources productively to promote responsive and cost effective care.
Completes work within assigned shift.
Uses overtime only when necessary.
Organizes and prioritizes work regardless of frequent interruptions.
Uses slow time to work on additional tasks that promote the efficiency of the department.
Responds willingly to requests for assistance from other team members.
Prevents waste of supplies
Works independently within established guidelines.
Continues professional growth by maintaining knowledge of current trends and developments in echocardiography.
Attends conferences or does reading that will be used for required CEU's.
Participates in activities for growth and development (Teamwork exercises, values, etc.)
Maintains current knowledge of new ultrasound techniques for adult echocardiography
Applies knowledge of past and present experiences.
Displays a professional attitude in the area department toward students, fostering mutual respect and creating a productive learning environment.
Participates in monitoring QI, QA, QC programs that assist in maintaining ICAEL accreditation.
Seeks out and participates in Evidence Based Clinical Practice projects that will benefit quality patient care.
Participates in cross training to adult , pediatric or vascular ultrasound.
Follows-up and/or gives feedback to management with problem solving and event reports.
Demonstrates a practical problem solving approach to patient moving and handling issues.
Basic UPH Performance Criteria
Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.
Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.
Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.
Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.
Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.
Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.
Associate’s Degree or Certification program in the field of Cardiac Sonography preferred.
1-3 years of experience in/with diagnostic sonography preferred.
Certified with AHA recognized allied health certifying body (The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) in Echocardiography. Successful completion of certification testing must be completed within 6 months of employment required.
Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.